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Fish Out Of Water

February 22, 2011

So… I might have had a little too much fun making my breakfast this morning.

Anyways, due to my knee kind of being out of whack I’ve decided to take the opportunity to do some cross-training exercises that don’t cause a lot of strain on the knees. Swimming is one of the best aerobic exercises you can do when you have knee or joint problems, or even if you’re just looking for some exercise different from your normal routine.

During the summers I used to spend countless hours at the pool, some days I was there from the time it opened to the time it closed. I loved to swim. From grade school to the beginning of high school I was on a swim team. I took a pretty big hiatus from swimming between high school and college but I got back into it during training for two different triathlons in the 2009 and 2010 season. Since triathlon season is steadily upon us I had planned to get back in to swimming, but not quite this soon yet.

Truth be told, I hadn’t stepped foot in the pool (or lake I should say) since my last triathlon back in May of last year.  It’s been almost 9 months since I’ve attempted any swimming for exercise and I was excited to dive back in! Tonight I definitely felt like a fish that’s been out of water for a long time. I was still a happy fish nonetheless and glad to be back in the pool.

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I’ve metioned before, I don’t like heading to the gym without an intentional workout or exercise class planned, otherwise I’d be wandering the gym aimlessly. I don’t think I’d get a very good workout if I said ok self, “Swim for 30 minutes.”  I’d probably end up swimming a few laps and stopping, and not really having any purpose to my workout. If I’m not taking an organized class or doing a workout video I like to have a structured workout plan for myself. So I wrote myself out a little plan I could take with me:

Swim Pyramid Workout:

Warm up: 150-meter warm-up (easy pace)

4 X 25-meter (moderate-hard intensity) with 15 seconds in between sets

4 X 50- meter (moderate-hard intensity) with 20 seconds in between sets

2 X 100-meter (moderate-hard intensity) with 25 seconds in between sets

4 X 50-meter (moderate-hard intensity) with 20 seconds in between sets

4 X 25- meter (moderate-hard intensity) with 15 seconds in between sets

150-meter cool down (easy pace)

Total:  1,100 meters

If you’ve been working out for a while you can probably get ideas to write out a plan for different types of strength and cardio workouts from what you’ve learned already, and if you’re unsure you can always consult the internet for different workouts for all types of exercises. Active.com has some really good workout options for swimming, biking, running, and strength training for athletes of all levels.

When thinking out a plan always asses where you are and your capabilities and build your plan around that. This workout was the perfect length and intensity to get myself reacquainted with the pool.

FitChickBritt Fitness Tip: Have you thought about adding swimming to your regimen? You should give it a whirl! Swimming is so beneficial in many ways:

  • As I mentioned earlier, swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise if you’re injured. Many runners have become triathletes because they delved into the world of swimming while nursing a running injury and found they really enjoy both sports.
  • Swimming builds endurance and strength (isn’t that what most athletes are after?)
  • Swimming works practically every muscle in the body (if you do all strokes)
  • Swimming is the perfect cross training because it elevates your heart rate without putting extra stress on the body like running and cycling can do
  • Swimming is good for the soul. Exercise in general, but especially swimming, is said to reduce stress levels

 

I got home and completed the15-minute abs circuit from Jackie Warner’s total body circuit DVD.

Swimming + Abs Workout = Perfect alternative to running in my book. I’m one happy camper after a good workout.

Hubby and I are trying out the George Foreman Grill Tonight! We’ve got lots of chicken, vegetables, and fruits to grill up.

 

Can’t wait!

Are there any cross-training sports or exercises you love to do that you would recommend to me?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ligia permalink
    February 22, 2011 7:48 PM

    Awesome post! I’ll definitely give swimming a try one day! Swimming is also a good exercise for people who suffer from asthma and breathing problems because the humidity keeps your airways from drying out! My brother suffered from severe asthma when he was a kid to the point where he had to be hospitalized several times. He began swimming competitively and the asthma didn’t affect him one bit and it actually completely went away! I believe exercise has medicinal powers.

    • February 22, 2011 7:51 PM

      Wow, I didn’t know that about swimming. That is great! Thanks for sharing. Exercise is definitely medicinal!

  2. February 23, 2011 5:59 PM

    I adore swimming & wish I had more time to do it. Running is my primary, and I do weights to tone. I’ve been trying really hard to add yoga in for flexability & core strength and relaxation. The only time I can regularly find to squeeze swimming in is after church on Sundays, but I’ve been doing yoga then. Hopefully I’ll get back into it- I love the balance, the flow, the breathing, the cardio, the stretching, the rhythm of it all. I tried sending an email to the one listed- did you get it?

  3. February 24, 2011 4:33 PM

    “Many runners have become triathletes because they delved into the world of swimming while nursing a running injury” <– Yep, this is me, right now! Well, I'm training for one anyway.
    That's interesting about specific swimming workouts. I've been just going & doing laps, but I can see how the designated workout would be beneficial. Thanks for sharing yours. I might give that a try!

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